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What Are Eye Clean Diamonds?

The concept of an eye clean diamond varies slightly in definition from retailer to retailer, but three major factors influence the definition of eye clean diamonds:
1) Distance and point of reference
2) The lighting under which the diamond is evaluated
3) The vision of the viewer

Simply put, James Allen considers a diamond eye clean if the diamond appears to be free of inclusions when viewed face up in daylight (or fluorescent lighting) by the naked eye (with 20/20 vision) from a relatively short distance (6-12 inches).

According to GIA and AGS, diamonds that are considered Flawless (FL), Internally Flawless (IF), Very,Very Slighly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) and Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) are considered eye clean.

On the other hand, Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) diamonds may or may not be eye clean. They need to be assessed individually to see if they are a good value.

Included (I1, I2 and I3) diamonds are considered non eye clean.

Is it eye clean? Why a grading certificate is not enough

Take a look at the diamonds below. Both diamonds are 1.01 Carat H-SI2 Excellent Cut Round Diamonds. Based on price and certificate alone, these diamonds appear nearly identical. However, using our exclusive Diamond Display Technology™, you can tell just how different these two diamonds are!

First, let’s look at the diamonds’ certificates:

A) 1.01 Carat H-SI2 Excellent Cut Round Diamond

Click to see the certificate

B) 1.01 Carat H-SI2 Excellent Cut Round Diamond

Click to see the certificate

Based on certificate alone, which one would you choose?

Now, take a look at the actual diamonds:

A) 1.01 Carat H-SI2 Excellent Cut Round Diamond

1.01 Carat H-SI2 Excellent Cut Round Diamond / SKU: 117360

B) 1.01 Carat H-SI2 Excellent Cut Round Diamond

1.01 Carat H-SI2 Excellent Cut Round Diamond / SKU: 112661

Based on these actual diamond images, which diamond would you choose?

The diamond on the bottom (B) is eye-clean, the diamond on the top (A) is clearly not eye clean. That’s the power of seeing actual diamonds!

If you have any questions about a particular diamond, feel free to contact us. We have highly trained gemologists on staff available to assist you 24/7.

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